Tiny Native American Baskets


I can’t remember where I picked these exquisite little baskets up. The 3 sizes are 1⅝″, 1¼″, and 1⅛″. They may be either Miwok or Pomo (both central California tribes). They’re sitting on top of our little Bose radio in the kitchen and we look at them all the time. Originally they had tiny hummingbird feathers attached to each of the beads, but they were destroyed by some kind of insects.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Tiny Native American Baskets

  1. We met a young Mayan man in Dangriga, Belize several years ago. He is from a village near Punta Gorda. He carries little pine baskets and other trinkets made by his community out to the various cayes and archeological sites to sell to tourists and travelers. Having met him on more than one occasion, we became friends and stay in touch by email. I love, love, love the little pine baskets. To me, they are one of many things that remind me and prove that all the many cultures and tribes and people that inhabited this vast land before the white man settled, are more similar than they are dissimilar, in practice, belief, craft and crop. It is life affirming. And, it is a testament to the relationship to land, life, season and element.

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